Showing posts from December, 2005

How To Experience Peace

We have recently discussed the fallacies of psychology and have shown how depression and other emotional problems are not diseases. So, if depression is not a physical ailment, what is it and more importantly is there a way to overcome it? The Bible speaks much about the peace of God. In fact, He is specifically called the “God of peace” 5 times in the New Testament. The word peace, or a derivative thereof, can be found 269 times in the NIV. With the exception of James and 1 John every other epistle in the New Testament, either begins or ends (and sometimes both) with a greeting of peace from God. For example: Philem 3 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Peter 1:2 Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord. 2 John 3 Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and from Jesus Christ, the Father's Son, will be with us in truth and love. Peace was not just something these writers “wished” or “h…

Forgiveness & 1 John 1:9

One of the greatest aspects of being a believer in Christ is that we have been given the privilege to rest in the complete forgiveness of God. Part of resting in His forgiveness means that we can be guilt free of the sins we have committed and will commit in the future. Most Christians have heard the familiar phrase that Jesus paid for our sins past – present – and future. But many have a hard time resting in this promise. Part of our problem is that our relationships are conditional. Only Jesus can give us the unconditional love and forgiveness that we so desire. Outside of a relationship with Him this simply cannot be found. God offers us an unconditional relationship. Sometimes people have a difficult time accepting that and feel it is important to earn God’s forgiveness through some sort of penance. The Bible teaches that nothing we attempt to do or refrain from doing could possibly earn a relationship with the almighty God. That can only be found in trusting in the f…